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Rare snowfall blankets swathes of Bolivia and Peru

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In Potosi, Bolivia temperatures dripped below zero, providing the perfect climate for the downpour of snow.

Some locals threw snowballs in the town square in delight, while across town a soccer match was suspended amid the rare snowy conditions.

In Arequipa, Peru vehicles were left stranded after snow covered the landscape, blanketing roads into a sheet of ice.

The cold weather is expected to continue in Bolivia and Peru for the remainder of the week.


Source: Reuters

Comment: Elsewhere in South America recently: Cold wave brings rare snow to 13 Brazilian cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul - Also to Northern Argentina and Uruguay

Fierce cold weather leaves Brazilian authorities scrambling to support homeless population


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Fresh August snowfall in the Alps

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There's been fresh snowfall reported above around 3,000 metres on glaciers in the Alps over the past few days.

The currently closed (for skiing and boarding) Stubai Glacier near Innsbruck in Austria is the latest to report a dusting of summer snow, following fellow Tirolean glacier ski area Hintertux last week (below).

Hintertux is one of five glaciers currently open for August skiing and snowboarding, along with Les 2 Alps in France, Zermatt and Saas Fee in Switzerland and Passo Stelvio in Italy.

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Huge snow dump hits the southern skifields of New Zealand - up to 24 inches in 24 hours

Tekapo's Roundhill Ski Area received about 50cm of new snow on Tuesday.
© ROUNDHILL SKI AREA
Tekapo's Roundhill Ski Area received about 50cm of new snow on Tuesday.
Some southern skifields received a decent dumping of snow as a cold front made its way up the South Island on Tuesday.

Canterbury skifields received the majority of the heavy snowfall over the 24 hours to Tuesday evening, according to the SnowNZ website.

The Arrowsmith, Ragged, and Palmer ranges, operated on by Methven Heliski, led the way with a mammoth 62 centimetres of new snow. Tekapo's Roundhill Ski Area received 50cm, while Mount Cook Heliski region got 40cm, Temple Basin ski area near Arthur's Pass got 20cm, Ōhau got 15cm, Porters had 10cm, Wānaka's Treble Cone got 7cm, and Broken River got 5cm.

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Ice Age Farmer Report: China floods, Brazil freezes, US dry - Top exporters lose crops as grains crisis accelerates

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As Brazil gets hit repeatedly by unusually low temperatures, destroying crops, the flooding in China's Henan province -- which accounts for 10% of their grains production -- has damaged wheat, infrastructure, and thousands of large hog farms. All hopes are on US, which is also having its own issues. This signals a huge red flag for worldwide food production as these are the #1/2/3 producers/exporters of many grains. In fact, Brazil has started importing! Christian explores what this means in this episode of the Ice Age Farmer broadcast.


Comment: See in addition: 69 dead, 5 still missing in floods in Henan, China - 12.9 million people affected - 972,000 hectares of farmland damaged

A catalogue of crop failures


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Fierce cold weather leaves Brazilian authorities scrambling to support homeless population

Homeless people improvise a bonfire to try to keep warm during a cold night in Sao Paulo on Thursday. A fierce cold snap on Wednesday night prompted snowfall in southern Brazil, where such weather is rare.
© Marcelo Chello/The Associated Press
Homeless people improvise a bonfire to try to keep warm during a cold night in Sao Paulo on Thursday. A fierce cold snap on Wednesday night prompted snowfall in southern Brazil, where such weather is rare.
Temperatures have dropped below freezing mark in parts of southern Brazil

A fierce cold snap is bearing down on homeless people in Brazil, and authorities, activists and religious leaders are doing what they can to limit suffering on the streets.

Temperatures in some areas of southern Brazil have dropped below freezing, and dozens of cities received snow and freezing rain.

That's especially worrisome this year, after the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated homelessness by punishing Brazil's job market, and the federal government diminished welfare spending that was a lifeline in 2020.

Brazil's most populous state, Sao Paulo, on Thursday donated 7,500 blankets and 1,000 sleeping bags to organizations that help people who are homeless.


Comment: Cold wave brings rare snow to 13 Brazilian cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul - Also to Northern Argentina and Uruguay


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No end in sight for searing heatwave in Greece as temperatures hit over 40°C

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Cyprus is sweltering under a sustained heatwave, which could last more than ten days, with maximum temperatures expected to soar to 44 degrees Celsius next week, several notches above the norm.

The island has wilted under an unusually hot and prolonged heatwave, with no sign of temperatures dropping before the end of next week.

The Met Office issued another yellow alert Friday due to extremely high temperatures while warning the thermometer will rise further over the weekend, to climax on 2 August.

Since 27 July, temperatures have remained well above the average 37°C for the season.

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Cold wave brings rare snow to 13 Brazilian cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul - Also to Northern Argentina and Uruguay

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At least 13 cities in the Brazilian State of Río Grande do Sul Wednesday recorded snowfalls, a rare event for the region, but one that has come to be due to this year's harsh winter temperatures.

Snow was recorded in cities such as Pelotas, São Francisco de Paula, Gramado, Carlos Barbosa, Bagé, Herval, Piratini, Caxias do Sul, Marau and Farroupilha, it was reported.

The wave of cold air that passes through southern Brazil brought snow to at least 13 cities in Rio Grande do Sul, in addition to frozen rain.

According to Somar Meteorologia, there was snowfall in Pelotas, São Francisco de Paula, Gramado, Carlos Barbosa, Bagé, Herval, Piratini, Caxias do Sul, Marau and Farroupilha, where children took to the streets to celebrate and build up snowmen, which are very foreign to the area.


Comment: Northern Argentina and Uruguay also experienced this rare snowfall:
In the last few hours, snowfall has been occurring in places where it is unusual for this type of weather to appear.




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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: African grain export problems breaking global supply chains

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© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Countries getting grain and agriculture imports from South Africa will need to look elsewhere, but where? All will involve sea routes for port delivery but now NGO's call for all ships to cease sailing or go to net zero emissions. You can't have it both ways.


Comment: Global shipping crisis far worse than imagined


Attention

A catalogue of crop failures

Food rationing


Extreme weather is slamming crops across the globe, bringing with it the threat of further food inflation at a time when costs are already hovering near the highest in a decade and when hunger is on the rise...


Bloomberg provides the below 'Emerging Market Food Vulnerability Scorecard' graphic:

World food map

Comment: The coronavirus crisis, in addition to earth changes affecting crop growth, and the losing value of currency which is set to get much worse in Western nations in particular, have made the production, availability, purchasing and distribution of food - a MAJOR global issue the likes of which we haven't seen in generations.

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"Snowstorm in Africa!" South Africa smashes * an additional * 19 all-time low temperature records over the past 24 hours

South Africa snowstorm


Following on from the record-smashing cold that infected Southern Africa on Thursday, the SA Weather Service (SAWS) has confirmed that a further 19 low temperature records were broken in the past 24 hours alone.


The service had warned that the country to brace for the coldest night of the year; however, it turned out to be the coldest night in recorded history for many locales, with records set 20, 40 and even 60+ years ago falling by the wayside.

Below I've compiled a few of the fallen records:

Kroonstad logged a bone-chilling -8C (17.6F), toppling the city's previous record of -7.7C (18.1F) set in 1990.

Warden's all-time low from 1989 was beaten by 0.4C, and now stands at -6.7C (19.9F).

In Kimberly, a historic -9.9C (14.2F) was recorded.

Warmbad Towoomba's -5.6C (21.9F) busted the previous low of -5.5C (22.1F) from 1964 (solar minimum of cycle 19).

While in Johannesburg, a reading of -7C (19.4F) smashed the old record of -6.3C (20.7F) set in 1995 (solar minimum of cycle 23).

You can see the full list from SAWS below:

Comment: We're entering an ice age. Its effects will likely be felt within the coming year, and its devastating consequences over the next 3-5 years.

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